LGIM appoints infra strategist

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) Real Assets has appointed a new infrastructure strategist, as it looks to target clean energy and transport schemes.

The institutional investor has appointed Marija Simpraga to the role, where she will be responsible for view formation and thought leadership on infrastructure investment opportunities, as well as contributing to fund strategy and the development of new investment products.

Simpraga was previously European utilities research associate and team leader at Bloomberg. In her new role, she will report to LGIM Real Assets director of research, Rob Martin.

LGIM Real Assets said it is looking to expand its infrastructure activities following the success of key deals such as supporting the Walney offshore wind extension project and investments into the new fleet of south western trains and High Speed 1.

“This year we have made significant moves into a number of key sectors of the infrastructure market and Marija’s expertise in clean energy and equity will help support our ambitions to continue to grow and expand our offering to clients,” said Martin.

“Following our first investment into UK offshore wind, we have a strong appetite for future investments across a range of sectors. We are also looking to expand into the equity side of the market and Marija’s experience will prove invaluable.”